Brief Description

Vasuki Tal via Tapovan is a trek with unique visuals where you walk over glaciers for miles & camp at the foot of towering Himalayan peaks like Mount Shivling. The trek has the highest altitude of 4800 M at Vasuki Tal and is graded as moderate to challenging. The trek involves crossing many glaciers and boulders and that makes this trek really thrilling and different from other treks. En route you get stunning views of peaks that pose a challenge to mountaineers such as Shivling, Thalay Sagar, Meru, and Bhagirathi I, II, III. The trail of Vasuki Tal Trek goes through Gaumukh - the source of mighty river Ganga and Tapovan - the gorgeous alpine meadow of religious significance for Hindus. Since this trek is still less explored, it gives the trekkers a unique chance of experiencing nature at its best. In order to Vasuki Tal Trek, you must have some prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas. The best time to do Tapovan and Vasuki Ta is May - June, and September - October. On this page, we have covered everything you need to know - Vasuki Tal Trek route map, itinerary, temperature and altitude charts, photos, and reviews.

Why Bikat?

  • Learning Experience: We do not just focus on completing the trek but also help you develop basic trekking skills like:
    • Packing a rucksack
    • Morning Yoga & Evening stretching
    • How to pitch and dismantle a camping tent and properly use a sleeping bag
    • Ascend and Descend on a mountain trail
    • How to ensure camp safety and hygiene
    • Identify trail signs and signals
  • Loyalty Programs: Join Bikat community and enjoy benefits of our vouchers and referral programs.
  • Personalized attention: We have small batch size (max. 15) and we maintain a healthy ratio of 8:1 (Participants: Leader) on all our batches to enable individual focus and monitoring.
  • Best Expedition Leaders: Our leaders are advanced mountaineering course qualified, specially trained in rescue procedures from NIM and certified first-aid responders. Even our local guides are certified first-aid responders.
  • Safety norms: We have mapped every region with an emergency evacuation plan and safety protocols maintaining a zero accident record so far. We carry an extensive first-aid kit including oxygen cylinders and high altitude medicines.
  • Safety equipment: Our trek leaders carry UIAA certified rescue equipment like static rope, ice ax, harness, carabiners, jumar, pulley, short and long slings.

Itinerary

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1 Day 1
Arrive in Gangotri
2 Day 2
Acclimatisation in Gangotri
3 Day 3
Gangotri to Bhojwasa (3792 Mts) via Chirwasa (3600 Mts). 14 kms trek.
4 Day 4
Bhojwassa - Gomukh (3890 mts) - Tapovan (4463 mts). 13 Kms Trek
5 Day 5
Tapovan – Meru Glacier - Nandanvan (4340 mts). Trek 4-5 hrs.
6 Day 6
Nandanvan - Vasuki Tal (4880 mts) - Nandanvan. 12 kms Trek.
7 Day 7
Nandanvan - Cheerwasa (Trek 5-6 hrs).
8 Day 8
Cheerwasa to Gangotri. Trek 3-4 hrs.
9 Day 9
Leave from Gangotri to Dehradun.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Vasuki Taal Trek is a difficult trek with highest altitude of 4880 metres. The difficult terrains and steep ascent makes it a challenging expedition. This trek is appropriate for the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Experience required

One should have at least 7-10 trekking days in the Himalayas in their kitty and have done at least one moderate plus level trek before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Requisite Skills

How to use basic mountaineering equipment like gaiters & microspikes
Ascending & Descending on snow
Basics of Mountain Sickness
Basics of Mountain Hazards
How to cross small water streams
How to cross large water streams
Basic principles of acclimatization

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins Or Walk continuously for 10 kms (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better)
Hold your breath for 40 seconds
3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
Push Ups – 10
Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets
If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Packing List: What to pack

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Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The start and end point of Vasuki Taal is Uttarkashi. Dehradun is the best point to reach Uttarkashi. Though there are no buses from Dehradun to Uttarkashi, one can hire a shared taxi from Dehradun to Uttarkashi which takes about 5 hours to reach (150 km).
Dehradun is easily accessible through road, rail, and air transport.
By Road: You can take overnight UKRTC buses and Volvos available between Delhi ISBT and Dehradun. You can book your bus tickets online through https://utconline.uk.gov.in/ or any other bus services available. The distance from Delhi to Dehradun is about 247 km. You can also hire a taxi or outstation cab from Delhi to Dehradun.
By Rail: There are a number of trains running between Delhi and Dehradun like Dehradun Express, Mussoorie Express, Nanda Devi Express. It is advisable to make your train bookings a month in advance.
By Air: The nearest airport from Uttarkashi is Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun which is 180 km away from Uttarkashi. There are frequent flights between New Delhi and Dehradun. Make sure you have your flights booked well in advance.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Uttarkashi is a beautiful tourist point with so many places to see. Visit Vishwanath Temple, the oldest and most sacred temple located on the banks of Bhagirathi River. Kuteti Devi Temple is another highly regarded religious place in town. Manekari Dam is a concrete marvel of Uttarkashi. Experience the village life in Sangem Chhati, a half an hour drive from Uttarkashi district. National Mountaineering institute is also located in Uttarkashi.

Connectivity: What is the cellular network connectivity for this trek?

BSNL and Airtel have a good connectivity in this region. One can expect a network on these sims only till Gangotri or Gomukh on this trek.

Age limit: What is the minimum & maximum age limit?

The minimum age limit is 13 years. However, minors aged between 13 to 17 should be accompanied with their parents or guardians. If you are above the age of 60, kindly carry a medical certificate from your doctor that deem you fit for adventure activities like trekking.

Packing List: What to pack



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Packing List: How should I pack my rucksack?

Packing List: How should I select my trekking shoe?

Eligibility: Fitness benchmark

  1. Jog/Run for 5 Kms in 25-30 mins or Walk continuously for 10 km (with 3-4 small breaks) on plain terrain (slight incline is better) - You would be required to produce a screenshot from a fitness app testifying the same
  2. Hold your breath for 40 seconds
  3. 3 sets of Climbing 30 – 40 steps in one stretch
  4. Push Ups – 10
  5. Lunges & Squats – 15 X 2 sets

If you are not meeting these benchmarks, please use the preparation schedule to improve your fitness till you achieve the above benchmarks.

Eligibility: Experience required

Should have at least 7-10 trek days in the Himalayas in their kitty. For the trek’s achieving more than 5000 metres, a person must have a prior experience of trekking at altitudes of 3700 metres.

Eligibility: Is this trek good for me?

Vasuki Taal Trek is a difficult trek with the highest altitude of 4880 metres. The difficult terrains and the steep ascent make it a challenging expedition. This trek is appropriate for the seasoned trekkers and for those who have done moderate level treks before. For details on trek difficulty level, please read on Bikat Rating Scale

Eligibility: Requisite skills

  • Know campsite basics like how to use a sleeping bag, sleeping tent, toilet tent.
  • Ascending & Descending technique for mountain trails
  • Basics mountain mannerisms
  • Ascending & descending technique on snow
  • Basics of Mountain Sickness
  • Basics of Mountain Hazards
  • How to cross small water streams

Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the trek?

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Mandatory documents: What are the mandatory documents required for the expedition?

ID Proof (Soft Copy to be sent to us in Advance & original to be carried) and Medical Certificate (Soft Copy to be sent to us & original to be carried) are the mandatory documents required for the expedition.

About the Trek: Why should I go for this trek?

Vasuki Tal Trek

If you want to push your boundaries and test your limits, then this trek is the right choice for you. Since it is a tough trek, you must have some prior experience of trekking in the Himalayas. The trail of this trek is pristine and the campsites untouched. The trek is relatively unexplored and gives the trekkers a chance to explore nature and enjoy its beauty.

Best Season: What are the best months to visit this trek?

The best months to do this trek are from May to June and September to October.

Connectivity: How to Reach the base of the trek & how to go back from the end point?

The trek will start from Gangotri which can be reached by road and will end at Gangotri. We will trek to Gangotri in the end.

Nearby attraction: What are the nearby attractions that I can explore?

Gangotri is a small town of religious importance to the Hindus. One can find many temples here. Apart from the temples, this little town is very picturesque and beautiful on its own.

Accommodation type: What will be the accommodation type in this trek?

We will stay in a guesthouse at Gangotri and camp during the rest of the trek.

Equipment and facilities: What kind of tents and sleeping bags will be provided to us?

We use four-season tents and the sleeping bags we use are rated from -15 to -20 degree celcius.

Weather conditions: What will the temperatures be like during this trek?

The temperatures vary between 20 to 3 degree celcius during the summer months.

Weather conditions: When will there be snow on this trek?

There will be snow.

Miscellaneous : Who will lead us on the trek?

A trek leader will be assigned to lead you on the trek.

Transport: In case we opt for the transport with you, where will you pick us from and where will you drop?

The trek will be from Gangotri to Gangotri.

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Terms & Conditions

What's Included

  • Meals during the trek (Starting lunch on Day 3 till Dinner on Day 9)
  • Forest/Camping Fee (Upto the amount charged for Indian nationals)
  • Tents on twin sharing basis, Sleeping bags, mats
  • Micro-spikes, Gaiters, Helmets, Carabiners, Harness as required
  • Experienced Trek guide, cook, helpers
  • Porters or mules for carrying common supply
  • Mountaineering course certified Trek Leader with First Aid certification and special rescue course from NIM, Uttarkashi
  • 3 night hotel stay in Gangotri (twin or triple sharing) on Day 1, 2, and 9

What's not Included

  • Hotel Meals
  • Journey meals
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Any expense of personal nature
  • Any expense not specified in the inclusion list

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